OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch at Commander's Palace restaurant. Each week Peter invites guests from the New Orleans business renaissance to join him. The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Inc magazine have all named New Orleans the best city in the USA to be an entrepreneur. Out to Lunch is the cafeteria of the new New Orleans entrepreneurial movement. You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.
Photo by Rick Lineberger
Remember that time you had a great idea? You were probably doing something you’ve done a thousand times before and you thought, “There’s got to be an easier way. Why doesn’t somebody invent...” fill in the blank.
People who work in universities have these kinds of ideas too. When you think about it, the reason people work at universities is they’re smart. They’re the kinds of people who deal in ideas. But by and large they’re not the kinds of people who know how to turn an idea into a product. That’s why universities now have departments that do just that. They’re called departments of Technology Transfer.
At Tulane the Executive Director of Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Development is John Christie.
At the LSU Health Sciences Center the Director of Technology Management is Patrick Reed.
Peter Ricchiuti has a good idea of his own: have lunch with John Christie and Patrick Reed.